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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 5, 2012 02:32 PM

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...That's how manager Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox look as their calamity of a season comes to a close. The Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night in Seattle, but the team looks lifeless and listless under Valentine. The defining words for the 100th anniversary season of Fenway have become Valentine's "Who cares?" If only Valentine's team would show the type of fight he did in his WEEI-AM radio interview on Wednesday. A team populated by fringe players, overachievers, retreads, and young prospects mixed with a few star-types was supposed to be exactly the type of team that Valentine would be able to motivate and get the most out of. That was his reputation from New York. Instead, the Sox have gone into hardball hibernation, ready to hit the snooze button until next February. This team has tuned Valentine out, just like the one he started the season with did. No one expected the Sox to play .700 baseball after The Trade and David Ortiz's return to the disabled list, but they've been the very definition of uninspired, outside of Dustin Pedroia. Valentine has the sullen disposition of a man waiting in line at the RMV for a license that he knows won't be renewed. Building the next great Red Sox team, as general manager Ben Cherington calls it, starts with instilling a winning attitude. You can't do that if your manager has been forced into adopting a defeatist one.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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